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03.31.2022

CBS TO OFFER “THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®" AS NETWORK’S FIRST-EVER LIVE EVENT FEATURING AUDIO DESCRIPTION FOR THE BLIND

Historic Event Coincides with 20th Anniversary of Network’s Launch of

Audio Description in April 2002

Trevor Noah Hosts Music’s Biggest Night® Sunday, April 3, on CBS

CBS and the Recording Academy® will broaden access to this year’s 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® by providing, for the first time, audio description for the live telecast. The addition of audio description, which provides audio-narrated descriptions of a program’s key visual elements, ensures that viewers who are blind and low vision will be able to take in all the action occurring on the screen, and provides a much richer experience of the event. The audio description will be provided on the Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) channel by industry leaders VITAC and Audio Eyes.

Live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and hosted by Trevor Noah, THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS will be broadcast Sunday, April 3 (8:00-11:30 PM, LIVE ET/5:00-8:30 PM, LIVE PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Since April 1, 2002, CBS has continuously provided audio description and is proud to have been an industry leader and innovator in the voluntary provision of the service. The Network offers audio description with nearly all its regularly scheduled scripted primetime programs, all movies, selected specials and the entire CBS DREAM TEAM Saturday morning block of educational/informational children’s programming.

For the past 20 years, CBS has continually increased the availability of audio description. We are proud to be able to launch our first live event with the GRAMMY Awards. This initiative reflects Paramount Global’s core values and commitment to inclusivity,” said Mark Turits, vice president of captioning and audio description at Paramount Global.

THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS is produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy. Raj Kapoor serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Ben Winston and Jesse Collins as executive producers and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay as co-executive producer. Hamish Hamilton returns as director, and Eric Cook returns as supervising producer, with Tabitha D’umo, Patrick Menton, Fatima Robinson and David Wild as producers.

About the Recording Academy

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares® and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards – music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, “like” Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy’s social communities on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and LinkedIn.

About AUDIO EYES

Audio Eyes is a partnership of audio engineers, producers, accessibility experts, blind professionals and audio description professionals who are passionate about providing high quality services in a creative, inclusive work environment. The Audio Eyes production team has more than a decade of experience providing live audio description in theaters as well as recorded audio description for broadcast television networks, nationally distributed DVDs, government agencies and private entities. Additionally, they have extensive experience producing audio dramas, audio books, music, radio programs, radio ads and a variety of business-to-business audio products. The Audio Eyes progressive work environment, inclusive hiring practices and technical expertise keep the company at the leading edge of the accessible media production industry.

About VITAC

VITAC, a Verbit company, is the largest provider of accessible video products and services in North America. Responsible for captioning hundreds of thousands of programming hours each year, its customers include every broadcast company and most cable networks, as well as Fortune 1000 corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, plus stadiums and arenas.

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to the program on-demand the day after the special airs.

Audio Description on Paramount+ will only be included in post-live air streams.

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CBS Press Contacts:

Kate Fisher

khfisher@cbs.com

Julie Holland

julie.holland@cbs.com

Recording Academy Press Contact:

Andie Cox

Andie.cox@recordingacademy.com